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Lower revenue could force state budget adjustments

Chris Courtwright, principal economist with the Kansas Legislative Research Department, warned school officials last week that the state likely will lower its revenue projections for this fiscal year because of lower-than-expected tax collections. Courtwright, who is a member of the estimating group that sets revenue projections, said the state could be forced to make midyear budget adjustments, as it did last year. Though Gov. Sam Brownback recently said that he didn’t think budget cuts would be needed, and many lawmakers would resist more cuts to schools, Courtwright told school officials that it could be “prudent” to prepare for possible cuts. “We are in for a wild ride this session,” he said. – Phillip Brownlee